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*FINALLY DECIDED ON THE 900D!*

Ive never done a build log before but I thought itd be a good time to start since the rig Ill be building should "wow" some people.
Now listen carefully, this build wont be completed in a week, or a month. Itll be a slow progression spanning for months so stay tuned. I promise, the end result will be worth it...... hopefully.....

Plenty of pics of everything so all you pic whores will enjoy this thumb.gif

On to the specs, I have currently stripped out my PC and old parts are out, so I am without a proper PC so I'll just post up my specs thatll come:
[✓]CPU: Intel i7 3770K
[✓]MOBO: Gigabyte Z77X-UD4H (will vinyl wrap the blue accents)
[✓]GPU: Gigabyte Windforce X3 7950 3GB
[...]RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum's 16GB 4 X 4GB 1600Mhz
[✓]SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB + 480GB OCZ BigFoot (SATA-II)
[✓]HDD: 2X 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda's (RAID 0) + 2X 640GB HDD's (RAID 0) + 2TB Hitachi
[...]PSU: In search of 1000W PSU
[...]Case: Currently using a XPS 630i but Corsair 900D is on the list!
[...]ColdZero: Ricardo has received his 900D and will be making parts!

Watercooling parts:
[...]Pump: Laing D5 Pump Only
[...]Pump Top: EK-D5 X-TOP CSQ - Plexi
[...]Radiator: 2 x Hardware Labs Black Ice SR1 480
[...]Reservoir: Searching for a tube res
[...]Fittings: Bitspower Black Sparkles OR Monsoon Fittings
[...]Tubing: 3/8 ID 5/8 OD Primochill Advanced Clear


That should sum most of the parts up, if anyone wants to make a recommendation or ask questions, feel free!

LAST WARNING: This will take VERY long due to me securing funds and also finding time out of exams) ETA to completion: End of 2013

Contents List
Initial Progress
Cleaning Out the PC #1
Cleaning Out the PC #2
Assembling CPU and MOBO in Case
Another New MOBO In
Fans Up and Running
Installing SSD

EDIT 27/05/2013: Updated parts list
EDIT: 30/05/2013: Purchasing new mobo and case
EDIT: 18/06/2013 Updated post
Edited by WuMyster - 6/29/13 at 5:03pm
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[Reserved for final pics]
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Now some progress!

The motherboard itself:






Just got these through the post, I do plan to sleeve cables myself but not at the moment. When I can get more funds in and time. For now, Ill stick to some pre braided cables.



Now time for some backing up! Not many files to do!







Managed to borrow some Dominator GT's to see how the look..... What do you reckon?

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For those who don't know the case I'm on about:





Ooo, look what I found laying around!



Don't worry, I plan to get some different decals for the TJ07...


Now time to say goodbye! You've served me well!



Now lets get my stuff outta there!




Urgh, never cleaned this PC out.... surprised how its still alive thumb.gif




Cleaned it up... could be a nice desk ornament tongue.gif




And hear it is. The CPU that has kept me going for this long! If only I could have OCed it, I would have enjoyed it much better!





This thing is covered in dust!



post #5 of 74
Congrats on your plans to do a TJ07 build!
And a Rep+ to you for starting a fine build log.thumb.gif
That's a great plan, getting a powder coated TJ07, and using those ColdZero parts. I bought the same parts for mine, and they really transform the case.

As far as how long it takes, there's no rush. Doing a build like this is time-consuming, and it isn't cheap.
I like the Dominator GT's as I've had a set for quite a while now, they're excellent ram. The set you have pictured should match well with the build. I would think you could save some cash over getting the new Platinum kit, but that's up to you.
The water cooling parts you mentioned look very solid to me. Do you have a cpu and gpu block?
If you don't already have them, you'll need to look into a good cpu block, and one for the gpu if you wish to water cool it, which I'd certainly recommend.
One of my cards is a 7950 Windforce, EK's 7950 block should fit your card, as it should be a reference pcb as mine is. There are other good blocks available as well, it's always good to do some research into what parts work well for others, and appeal to you.
    
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thanks for the rep and advice, I think I will go with the GT's but stock for the black ones are low.
Ive got a list of parts that Ive finally gathered. Got a great CPU block but the problem is finding the right GPU block. I am extremely OCD and need everything to be perfect. Only the EK Nickel Plexi block will do for me but theyre nowhere to be found anymore. If i cant get one, ill have to wait for the next gen which will cost even more money....
Ill list the parts I have to buy for the WC loop:
Hardware Labs SR-1 480 Rad
Alphacool VPP655SE (pump only)
EK D5 X-Top Plexi Pump Top
EK 250mm tube res
Bitspower Black Sparkle Fittings
EK Supremacy Clean CSQ Nickel Plexi CPU Water Block
Any 3/8 - 5/8 tubing
Im in the lookout of some fluid, maybe mayhems extreme pastel range
Some Scythe GT's
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thanks for the rep and advice, I think I will go with the GT's but stock for the black ones are low.
Ive got a list of parts that Ive finally gathered. Got a great CPU block but the problem is finding the right GPU block. I am extremely OCD and need everything to be perfect. Only the EK Nickel Plexi block will do for me but theyre nowhere to be found anymore. If i cant get one, ill have to wait for the next gen which will cost even more money....
Ill list the parts I have to buy for the WC loop:
Hardware Labs SR-1 480 Rad
Alphacool VPP655SE (pump only)
EK D5 X-Top Plexi Pump Top
EK 250mm tube res
Bitspower Black Sparkle Fittings
EK Supremacy Clean CSQ Nickel Plexi CPU Water Block
Any 3/8 - 5/8 tubing
Im in the lookout of some fluid, maybe mayhems extreme pastel range
Some Scythe GT's
It looks like you're very knowledgeable about water cooling gear, that's all good stuff!
They still have the EK 7950 Nickel/Plexi block at PerformancePC:
www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=59_971_240_579&products_id=33690
Depending on where you live, it can be expensive for shipping and duty fees if you aren't in the US. I'm in Canada, and have to pay a premium every time I buy from the US.

I actually have an EK 7950 EN Nickel/Plexi block that I never used. I originally bought it for my single Visiontek 7950, but when I saw a good deal on a Gigabyte 7950, I jumped on that for crossfire.
Of course at the time, they were out of stock at PPC on the Nickel blocks, and there was no eta on them. I couldn't find them in stock anywhere else. Having a bit of ocd myself, I decided my blocks had to match, so I bought two of the copper versions!

I did stick with the plexi versions though. As with your planned build, IATX really showcases the gpu, and if you fit a clear window on the top, that gives a great view of the gpu block, right-side up!
I'm not quite completed yet, but I did buy Mayhem's White Pastel coolant, it's very highly recommended here.
    
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I wouldn't say I was knowledgeable. I just started getting into WC! I live in the UK and I've heard the customs charges are insane so I doubt I'll be buying anything from the US. Luckily, the blocks are in stock in a lot of places but with limited supply. I just got myself the 3770K which has made me off getting the block. I'll need to snap it up quick before they're all gone!
Sorry for the late reply, I never got notified!
And I'll be buying the ice pastel coolant!
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The shipping and customs charges would be high from the US to the UK, but sometimes it's necessary to buy from the US.
Hopefully you won't need to!
I bought some TJ07 parts from ChilledPC in the UK, it was worth it imo. However, that list also includes numerous US purchases, as well as from Portugal and Germany.
I really don't want to think about how much I spent in shipping and duty charges worldwide!

Places like Aquatuning UK may be a reasonable option for the EK 7950 block, if you can't source it locally.
That 3770K will be a nice cpu.
I would think you'll have no trouble getting the Mayhems Pastel White coolant, they're a fine UK-based company.thumb.gif
    
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UPDATE: Got the 3770K in and started taking pictures and videos for the work log and time lapse and then turns out somethings dead. Going to have to test the CPU in a different mobo to see what it is.
Has made a huge dent in my plans and pocket so Im not sure if this will go on. Stay tuned.
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